HOW TO MAKE MONEY AS A CHRISTIAN
” A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything ” (Ecclesiastes 10.14)
The last line of this verse is often quoted to justify the need for money. But there is a clear difference between the need for money and the love of it.
While the love of money leads one into nefarious activities like committing fraud, stealing, misappropriation of funds, get rich quick schemes and the likes, the need for money compels us to seek divine wisdom on how to go about earning without damning one’s soul. Moses, moved by the Holy Spirit, warned the Israelites in Deut 8:18: ” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today. ”
Jesus also stated in clear terms: ” And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Matthew 16:26)
Therefore, in the quest to make money, you must recognize that only God can help you to have the right attitude and give you the skillset needed to make honest money.
” If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work , and then give generously to others in need” (Ephesians 4:28).
Divine Principles for Making Money
1. Quit Stealing: Basically, you must avoid taking what doesn’t belong to you without permission. Also, be suspect of any ‘Get Rich Quick’ scheme that offers you income that you have not earned.
2. Do good work with your hands.
What qualifies as good work? Anything you do which follows the following principles:
A. Work: Add value with your hands and brain. That is, you earn from your own sweat. This means do not invest in something you know nothing about. Learn before you earn. Acquire a skill, gain education (1Thess 4:11-12; 2Thess 3:10-12).
B. Fair Exchange: Beyond working, you must ask if the exchange is fair. This means that you should not expect to make a return on investment (ROI) of millions overnight by investing a few hundred bucks. This is gambling!
Conversely, do not condone being underpaid. God expects us to stand for fairness. The fear of unemployment drives many to doing bad work.
C. Promote Love: If your earning will depend on another person’s loss, then you must desist from such. Undercutting a colleague so you can be promoted or engaging in betting schemes that will see others suffer for your gain does not promote the love of God and we must desist from such.
D. Investment. A lot of people are in the habit of saving up money. Whereas, divine wisdom reveals that investing is better, albeit with necessary precautions taken. Don’t put all eggs in the same basket (Ecclesiastes 11:1-4). Invest from what you currently have. Waiting till you’re wealthy before investing is guaranteeing yourself a lifetime of poverty (Matthew 25:26-27).
3. Give! Give! Give! This is the best way to increase. Give to those in need. Invest in the propagation of the Gospel. Acts 20:35 says it is more blessed to give than to receive. Also Proverbs 11:24-25 says: ” Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. ”
More than making money, make heaven. Matthew 16:26 says even if the whole world were yours, it cannot pay the price for your soul. Only Jesus can and has purchased eternal salvation and gives it freely to all those who would obey Him (Colossians 1:13-14).
Believe the Gospel and be baptized today so that you can be saved and be added to the Lord’s Church (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38, 47). There, you will be nurtured for transformation into the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4).
Contact any church of Christ near you for help with this.
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